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Fieldwork

I have had a fantastic 4 weeks (with one week to go) of fieldwork up in Northern Alberta near Peace River. I have managed to visit an awesome range of different peatlands, impacted by various disturbances (linear disturbances and wildfire for example).

One of the first tasks was to assist with UAV image collection at one of our linear disturbance sites. This was a scientific dream come true as I have wanted to work with UAVs for a long time. I really can’t wait to get a hold of the imagery but for now – here are some photos.

I then headed over to Conklin to collect soil samples across a range of seismic lines in order to establish an understanding of soil compaction across these features.

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240 samples later, I headed up to Fort McMurray to collect yet more soil samples and vegetation data for an incubation experiment I am setting up in the Fall. This site was impacted by The Horse River wildfire in 2016. Part of my current research is looking at how this wildfire impacted methane emissions and dissolved organic carbon across a burn gradient. Some photos below (plus black bear pawprint).

In between all this, we have been collecting CO2 and CH4 flux data at a range of different natural and disturbed sites.

I also managed to squeeze a fleeting visit to the University of Calgary to pick up some RTK equipment.

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This also allowed us to take the very scenic route home through the Banff and Jasper National Parks – the scenery was just stunning.

 

PhD Graduation

18th July 2018

After handing in over a year ago, it was finally time to head back to the University of Sheffield for my PhD graduation. It was a fantastic day and was lovely to catch up with my supervisors Dr. Donatella Zona, Prof. Gareth Phoenix and Prof. Dr. Maria J. Santos.

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New Adventure

25th January 2018

Excited to announce I will be starting a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada. I will be working with Dr. Maria Strack looking at impact of disturbance on restored and natural peatlands and subsequent impacts on carbon emissions and vegetation communities. I cannot wait to start my Canadian adventure!

Cover star

22nd December 2017

Our article “Upscaling CH4 Fluxes Using High-Resolution Imagery in Arctic Tundra Ecosystems” was chosen as the cover article for the December (Vol 9, Issue 12) of Remote Sensing which is a lovely honour.

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You can check out this paper (and the others in the issue here)

Similarly, this paper was part of a special issue: Remote Sensing of Arctic Tundra . You can check out the other papers here

PhD is done and dusted

2nd November 2017

I passed my PhD with minor corrections which was incredibly exciting. I haven’t been that nervous in a long time and I thought I might pass out during the first ten minutes. I had a really good discussion with my examiners Dr. Iain Hartley and Professor Colin Osbourne.

I thought I’d just add a picture of me on the day of submitting my thesis (11th August 2017)20664114_10159199104590611_4579984634630805069_n

Resourcefulness and resilience in the Arctic tundra

My research was highlighted here: Resourcefulness and resilience in the Arctic tundra

Lego Tundra

I’m a bit of a Lego fanatic so I thought it would be fun to make a diagram using Lego to illustrate what happens to arctic tundra ecosystems if they become wetter or drier

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If anyone else has #legoyourscience – please let me know! I should really try and make some other diagrams…

Biotweeps

I hosted Biotweeps for a week (26th September – 2nd October 2016). I had a fantastic time showcasing all things tundra. You can check out my archive of tweets here

I would really encourage anyone out there to take part – it was a fantastic experience I learned a lot about using social media to engage in science outreach. You can sign up here

That week also unleashed the hashtag #fieldworkscares to the world. It became much bigger than I anticipated but it was enlightening (and rather scary) to see the various ways in which fieldwork can be quite nerve wracking. It was even featured on The Verge website.